The National Chambal Sanctuary is situated on the River Chambal, at the point where the borders of the three states Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh meet. The sanctuary was first declared to be in Madhya Pradesh in 1978.
Now, there is a narrow stretch of eco-reserve which is managed and administered by the three states. The sanctuary is also called the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary and is dedicated to the conservation of critically endangered gharials, the red crowned roof turtle and the threatened Ganges river dolphin. The sanctuary is protected under the country’s Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
The sanctuary is home to several species such as the Indian Wolf, striped hyena, smooth coated otter, mugger crocodiles, and others. It is also home to eight of the 26 rare turtle species including the crowned river turtle, three striped roof turtle and Indian narrow headed softshell turtle.
The mammalian species include hedgehog, flying fox, hares, porcupines, Northern Palm Squirrels, Indian Gazelle, Blackbucks, nilgai, sambar, wild boar, jungle cats, Indian grey mongoose, Indian small mongoose, and common palm civet.
The main attractions of the sanctuary are the gharials, crocodiles, fresh water dolphins and rare turtles and these make the National Chambal Sanctuary one of the most exotic wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan.
There are several activities that are offered to visitors at the National Chambal Sanctuary. Visitors can hire boats with guides at the sanctuary and enjoy photographing the muggers, gharials and crocodiles. Guests can also enjoy walking trails in ravines and along the river to closely observe the wildlife and the way of life in the jungle more closely.
The Ater Fort is a dilapidated but extremely beautiful heritage site within the sanctuary. The fort, which was built by Bhadauria kings, is situated along the Chambal River and can be reached by jeep or boat.
Accommodation is available at forest Rest Houses in Bah and Chakkar Nagar. There are several commercial hotels and lodges near the sanctuary. The nearest airport and railway station is at Agra. Boating and visiting arrangements at the sanctuary can be done by contacting the Conservator of Forests in Kota.
Best time to visit : September to June
Opening and closing hours : Sunrise to Sunset
Type of Wildlife Safari : Boat
Highlights of the park :
- One of the ideal place to spot Gangetic Dolphins
- Home to the largest number of turtle species
- Take a boat ride and witness the mesmeric Indian Gharials
- Enjoy bird watching amidst 320 exotic species of birds